My first private label product is about to reach the shore. My forwarder is asking me to arrange the invoice, packing list and telex/express release. I understand the invoice & packing list should be sent to me by supplier but will he send me the telex release too?
Clearly, there are a lot of contingencies when it comes to importing. It can save tremendous hassle and money to be as educated as possible on how the process works. Better yet, if you have a well-thought-out plan, you reduce the chance of delay and frustration.
Alternatively, they can issue an electronic release or telex, so everything is handled digitally and no originals are required. Shapiro highly recommends using the telex method as it’s far less of a headache! Original bills of lading are difficult and costly to replace so save yourself the hassle and elect for telex release. Be sure to know which method your supplier will use and give your broker this information as well.
If you still want more verification, you can choose to ship to a third party inspection center. There are plenty of them in the US, but that does build additional costs and time into your supply chain. Once you’ve had a few successful shipments, you can most likely eliminate these extra steps and streamline your operation while feeling confident that your customers are receiving the products exactly as you describe them on your listing.
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